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Research Opportunities in our Lab

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in our Lab

We always welcome driven undergraduate researchers in our lab. Students typically volunteer between 10 and 13 hrs per week and work in a variety of projects ranging from muscular dystrophy, to magnetic orientation. We strive to provide a complete research experience and therefore researchers in our lab are trained in every aspect of their projects (e.g. from reading the scientific literature, to experimental design and techniques, analysis of data, and presentation of results at local and regional meetings). Most of our students author and present posters, and some also co-author scientific articles. Many students register for research hours through BSC290 or BSC299 thus earning credit for their labor. We try our best to customize the research experience to fit the needs and goals of each of our researchers.

Sudents at all levels can apply, and we particularly encourage sophomore and juniors to consider contacting us. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all peoples, regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, special needs, age, and so on.  ​

High School Students Research Opportunities in our Lab
We welcome driven high school students. If you are interested contact us about ongoing opportunities or alternatively visit the Summer Research Institute website for summer programs:


During the Summer Research Institute at the Vidal-Gadea lab over a dozen high school students worked together to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy using the nematode C. elegans. Students became familiarized with every aspect of research: from the scientific method, to behavioral testing, analysis, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, descriptive and analytic statistics, and oral presentation design and skills. Data and findings made by the students inform our ongoing research program. Students work very hard and learn while performing scientific research.


 Undergraduate research opportunities outside our lab

We have searched the internet to bring you resources where driven undergraduate researchers might find valuable research opportunities. Most of these are summer opportunities and there are certainly many more that we did not compile here. We want to impress two important points: 1) there are indeed hundreds of research opportunities awaiting keen students, and 2) these experiences provide students with valuable tools which they need to stay competitive when the time comes to apply for graduate or medical programs. Happy hunting!